You can even ski at Fairmont but its not likely what your looking for . One of the few places in B.C. I haven't skied.
Hope you didn't confuse it with the Fairmont in Banff.
I have stayed at Fairmont in transit on some of my "Calgary loop" ski trips. It's a great and relaxing hot spring, but not a place to base for any ski area other than Panorama and RK Heli, about half an hour away.
You are a minimum 2 hour drive one way from Kicking Horse, Fernie and Lake Louise.
4) he thinks he's really good and just doesn't know any better. At one point I thought I was really good even when skiing around people much better than me than I learned more and realized how terrible I was.
Also his definition of easily skiing double blacks doesn't really mean much. I can make it down most stuff with two skis on my feet relatively easily, making it down in a confident fluid manner and actually "skiing" is a completely different story...
Edit: typos. I'm really terrible at typing for those who didn't know already
But yet I bet you think you are the best typer on this forum I call troll!!
Thanks all. I've got a decent idea of drive times to Fernie and KH (and Revelstoke-closer to three). However, we've got a free condo for the week and enough airline miles for free flights. Plus, while it would be an enormous pain in the rear to try to commute 2 hours to ski every day, I really don't mind an alpine start to my resort day if it's twice in a week. For early January, if I there are two days worthy of buying lift tickets, I'll be very happy.
We got lucky a few years ago on a 1-week early season trip to JH. On our first day there we caught the second tram on the day it opened for the season. The whole top of the mountain was five feet of untouched powder (with rocks and deadfall underneath). The nice thing with limiting access to the summit in that tram is that (after finding what I think was a quad) my better half and I banged out 3-4 laps on Laramie Bowl (?) in an hour w/o crossing tracks. I just remember how nicely set up it was that you could roll onto the cat track at full speed, see the entire bowl, spot a landing and just launch some monsters, at least for me. After it started filling up we just began tearing through the chutes under the lifts, all fresh. I was eating waffles by 1:30pm and we were off the mountain shortly after 2. It didn't snow in Jackson for the rest of the week. Got another fantastic day in Targhee while it was puking snow there but otherwise we didn't buy another lift ticket and I thought it was an epic trip.
Anyway, hot springs and nordic sound like they are much closer and I'm already planning on bringing both the mono and my bc nordic gear. I love all kinds of hot springs but I heard there are supposed to be some rustic ones in the area. It would be a home run if I could find a rustic hot spring that we can ski out to.
Those are all quite interesting areas you would enjoy if conditions are good. But I suppose if you live in a ski town it's not so compelling to ski on your vacations.